Legal news from Friday, July 25, 2008
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese officials said Friday that they had arrested more than 100 Tibetans for allegedly trying to take over the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. Chinese media said the protesters were trying to use Nepal's vulnerability as a newly-formed republic [JURIST report] in order to push their "separatist" agenda [Xinhua report], but [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday discussed a report [link to PDF file] outlining UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's plans [JURIST report] to reconfigure the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website] now that the state's new constitution has entered into effect. Lamberto Zannier, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] filed a lawsuit [text, PDF; press release and materials] Thursday against international trading fund Optiver Holding BV [corporate website] and some of its subsidiaries and employees, alleging that the company manipulated the futures prices of oil and gasoline in violation [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Three Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] memos [materials] released Thursday indicate that certain enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding [JURIST news archive], are lawful and that those who employ them in good faith lack the specific intent required to be charged with torture. Under US law [18 USC s. [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Thursday that a 2005 state law [text] aimed at prosecuting smugglers hired to ferry illegal immigrants across the border into the US can also be used to prosecute the illegal immigrants. The judge rejected arguments that the law infringed on the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the London High Court [official website] on Thursday ordered a British man to pay approximately $44,000 in damages for creating a fake profile on social networking website Facebook [corporate website] and posting defaming information about an acquaintance, Mathew Firsht. The judge found that the postings were [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] House Financial Services Committee [official website] Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) said during a Committee hearing [materials] Friday that providing inducements to those who hold liens was the only practical legislative solution to the country's so-called "sub-prime mortgage collapse," and that House legislation passed Wednesday will effectively provide those inducements. [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [case materials; press release] on Friday that the right of EU citizens to live in any EU member state also extends to non-citizen spouses and relatives. Four Irish couples brought the case, appealing deportation orders issued by the Irish Ministry [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Maryland judge Thursday rejected a challenge seeking to remove a referendum on a transgender anti-discrimination law [Bill 23-07 text] from the November ballot. Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Greenberg ruled that the Montgomery County Board of Elections [official website] had miscalculated the number of signatures [Washington Post report] [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine court sentenced former general Luciano Benjamin Menendez [Project Disappeared profile] and four others to life in prison on Thursday for the 1977 kidnapping, torture, and killing of four political dissidents during the country's so-called "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Three others have been sentenced to [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers and professors testified [hearing materials] before the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary [official website] Thursday that the government process used to arrest and convict illegal immigrants in Iowa in May was illegal and violated the immigrants' due process rights. In May, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] held [opinion, PDF] on Thursday that a 2002 reapportionment of voting boundaries in the city of Aurora, Illinois [official website] did not violate the Voting Rights Act (VRA) [text; DOJ backgrounder]. The plaintiffs in Gonzalez v. City of [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ecuador's special assembly charged with rewriting the nation's constitution [text, in Spanish] provisionally approved a new constitution on Thursday. The draft includes unprecedented measures [AP report] giving the president the power to remove Congress in the first three years of a four-year term, to control monetary policy, and to [read more]

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